The Hodges Meteorite in Tuscaloosa

The Hodges Meteorite in Tuscaloosa

The meteorite fell on November 30, 1954, at 12:46 local time in Oak Grove near Sylacauga. It is commonly called the Hodges meteorite because a fragment of it struck Ann Elizabeth Fowler Hodges (1920–1972).

The Sylacauga meteorite is the first documented extraterrestrial object to have injured a human being. The grapefruit-sized fragment crashed through the roof of a farm house, bounced off a large wooden console radio, and hit Hodges while she napped on a couch. The 34-year-old woman was badly bruised on one side of her body, but was able to walk. The event received worldwide publicity.

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Ann Hodges’ doctor shows off her bruise, caused by the meteorite / Image: Getty Images
The hole made by the meteorite that crashed through Ann Hodges roof / Image: Getty Images
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Now, it sits on the second floor of The Alabama Museum of Natural History on The University of Alabama campus. Under a glass case, the burnt exterior is covered in miniature hills and valleys. Next to it, there is a clear impact site on the radio, where wood is missing and the glass over the dial is cracked / Image: The Alabama Museum of Natural History

Featured Image: The Hodges Meteorite / Image: The Alabama Museum of Natural History

Websites: almnh.museums.ua.edu



 


 

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